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AFS Asks You to Love Film

By Richard Whittaker, February 9, 2018, 3:30pm, Picture in Picture

Everyone knows that Austin adores film: but this week the Austin Film Society and AFS Cinema want you to yell that devotion from the rooftops with Love Film Week.

As officially declared by Mayor Steve Adler, over the next nine days audiences are asked to adopt a film. What does that entail? Well, it's very simple. If you really, really love a film showing at AFS this week (or just have a little crush on it), then tell people. Spread the word on social media or in person. Organize your friends to go see it. Whatever you can do to help a classic or under-recognized movie get an audience.

The list of films up for adoption include the two big new releases at AFS Cinema:

Bomb City (Feb. 9-16: read our full review here, and our interview with the filmmakers here)

A Ciambra (Feb. 9-16: read our full review here)

On top of that, there are several special screenings behind which you and your friends can rally:

• Cary Grant and Irene Dunne break up and make up in The Awful Truth (Feb. 9, 11).

• The first two parts of Seijun Suzu's Taisho trilogy Zigeunerwesen (Feb 10) and Kagero-Za (Feb. 17).

• Pedro Almodóvar's kinky classic Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Feb. 10-11).

• An evening of experimentalism in Experimental Response Cinema: The Films of Stan Brakhage (Feb. 11).

• David Byrne, St. Vincent, and Ad-Rock join 10 color guards at a remarkable live event in Contemporary Color (Feb. 12).

• A special Valentine's Day screening of Pillow Talk (Feb. 14, 16) hosted by local filmmakers Heather Kafka and Bob Ray.

• Two films by Agnès Varda: La Pointe Courte (Feb. 13) and Vagabond (Feb. 15, 18).

• Jean Rollin's mesmerizing psycho-sexual horror The Nude Vampire (Feb. 16-17).

• Jacques Tati's defining comedy Mon Oncle (Feb. 18).

• Romanina period Romani drama Aferim! (Feb. 18).

If you want to adopt a movie, find images, suggestions, and links to all the individual films at

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